The Darkness took over the House of Blues in Chicago last night, bringing their brand of UK rock to the states. They are currently on their BACK IN THE USSA tour still supporting their album, LAST OF OUR KIND, which was released last summer. LAST OF OUR KIND is the fourth studio album from the boys from Suffolk.
They burst on the scene in the early 2000’s with their debut album PERMISSION TO LAND. After the huge success of that album they started to spiral down after the release of their second album, ONE WAY TICKET TO HELL…AND BACK. They pretty much broke up after that with lead singer JUSTIN HAWKINS going off on his own and the rest of the band continuing under the name, STONE GODS. They reunited in 2011 and released HOT CAKES in 2012.
With the latest album they added a new drummer, RUFUS TAYLOR, the son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor. Which totally makes sense since The Darkness pretty much wear their Queen influence on their sleeves.
They opened their show with the first track off their new album, BARBARIAN, but it didn’t take long for them to jump into songs from their first album. Lets face it most people know them from that first album and that’s what they mostly wanted to see. The band did not disappoint, they did all but one song from PERMISSION TO LAND. HOLDING MY OWN was the only song they skipped from that album.
Lead singer, HAWKINS was a ball of energy, running all over the stage with and without his guitar. At one point he did a head stand on the drum riser and kicked his feet together while upside down in unison with the crowds clapping. The guys just looked like they were having the time of their life on stage and that is what makes a show fun. As an audience member if I am seeing the band truly enjoying themselves it makes me get into it more.
They ended the set with the crowd pleasing hit, I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE. As soon as the first chord was strummed everyone went nuts knowing exactly what was coming. HAWKINS kept toying with the Chicago crowd by stopping after a few notes and teasing them about keeping beat in tempo with their claps. He did some teasing earlier on too where he kept stopping a song right before the hook to talk about deep dish pizza.
Of course they weren’t through after performing their biggest hit. They came back out and did CONCRETE off their third album and then ended the night with LOVE ON THE ROCKS from their debut. All in all THE DARKNESS came into Chicago and kicked its ass. It was my first time seeing them live, I’ve been wanting to for years. I am glad they are still at it and I hope they come back soon.
4 out of 5 stars